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by Stephanie Dray

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Ancient, Continental Locales
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: Ancient Rome

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Dray has been chronicling the life of Cleopatra’s children, specifically Princess Selene. Always brimming with historical detail and the atmosphere of the Roman Empire, her tales have been realistic, fascinating, tragic and now triumphant. Selene has reached her destiny as queen, mother and daughter of Isis, even as she fights her old enemies to hold onto freedom. It is a stirring story of a proud, beautiful, intelligent woman whom a 21st century reader can empathize with. Dray’s crisp, lush prose brings Selene and her world to life.

Selene has escaped the emperor with her marriage to King Juba II. As queen of Mauretania, she has a chance to fulfill the destiny she knows is hers. With the aid of her powers as a Daughter of Isis, Selene ensures she will give her husband a son and bring peace to their realm. During their reign the country is more fertile and powerful then ever. Yet, they are still under Rome’s thumb and Selene must be vigilant to keep her son and daughter safe when Caesar demands they be brought to Rome. Selene uses all her powers and intelligence to avoid Caesar’s plan and evade her old enemy King Herod’s schemes, while building a stronger relationship with her husband. (BERKLEY, Dec., 576 pp., $16.00)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: BERKLEY

Published: December 2013

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